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Professor Paul Gertler, who has spent the past 16 years studying how financial incentives can improve health care, was recognized March 7 by the Mexican National Institutes of Health for his contributions in Mexico and around the world. Gertler received the Juan Jose Bobadilla Medal for Global Health at the 15th International Congress of Research in Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Gertler was the first economist to win the annual award, which is typically given [...]

When Kellie McElhaney left an established professional career in Michigan to start the Haas Center for Responsible Business (CRB) in 2003, the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) was still in its infancy. Ten years later, CSR is well integrated in many businesses; the CRB offers a full range of courses through a dedicated, innovative group of faculty; and more than 1,200 CRB alumni have taken those courses.  CRB graduates have gone on to CSR [...]

Reducing malaria in Africa via a mosquito-repelling soap, addressing the planet-wide plastics pollution crisis with pulp-and-paper packaging alternatives, and decreasing infant mortality rates in rural India via a low-cost mobile phone application are among the objectives of the record 18 finalists who will compete for $50,000 in prize money at this year’s Global Social Venture Competition Global Finals and Conference at the Haas School April 11 and 12.  The GSVC attracted nearly 650 entries from [...]

From a global crowdfunding platform to a $2.4 million waste-to-food mushroom business to a school lunch program in dozens of cities, Berkeley-Haas has produced a number of successful startups that have attracted the attention of such media giants as the Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Sunset magazine. Juggling study groups with venture planning has become increasingly popular as the pace of innovation and entrepreneurship grows ever-more rapid. “The best way to create entrepreneurial leaders is [...]

At the end of 2011, Alan Lock and Andrew Jensen, both MBA 11, trekked 570 miles over 28 days from the Antarctic Shoreline to the South Pole. For Lock, the Polar Vision trek—now captured in a new YouTube documentary—was the culmination of a journey that began when he suddenly lost most of his eyesight to macular degeneration at the age of 23 while serving aboard a British submarine. Forced to leave the Royal Navy, Lock [...]

While teaching a course on financial information analysis, Prof. Panos Patatoukas observed that capital market participants and policy makers are increasingly turning to accounting earnings data from corporate financial reports for hints regarding the prospects of the aggregate stock market. This observation indicated that, at the aggregate level, accounting earnings data could be relevant for gauging the value of the entire stock market. Patatoukas, assistant professor, Haas Accounting Group, became so intrigued that he decided [...]

Saturday morning we were greeted by golden sunshine, warmer temperatures, and no remnants of snow on the ground. Perhaps spring has arrived after all?? That morning was also the Tiny Tuckie Easter party! It was a wonderful shindig with food, sweets, and of course an egg hunt. A great time was had by all. Happy spring, everyone!

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